The founders based their artistic concept, which became an essence of the group's stage image, on an assumption that 'Mazowsze' should perform the traditional folk repertoire – real songs, tunes and dances of the Mazovian villages. Tadeusz Sygietyński got to know the melodies during his wanderings and meetings with local communities. Enchanted by their beauty, he wrote them down and studied them, preparing to form the group.
'Mazowsze' was established in November 1948 in a palace in Karolin near Warsaw. The group performed for the first time on 6th November 1950 at the Polski Theatre before the Warsaw audience.
Although the founders' concept was based on regionalism, the repertoire of 'Mazowsze' went beyond that. Experts and choreographers were invited to co-operate with the group, including, among others, Elwira Kamińska, Eugeniusz Papliński, Zbigniew Kiliński, Michał Jarczyk, and the former ballet soloist Witold Zapała. The melodious character of the repertoire was enriched with new dances and costumes from different regions. Currently, 'Mazowsze' presents a stylised folklore, developed in the form of a performance with a great charge of expression. The artistic image of the band creates a specific, lyrical, pastel sound, based on the natural melody of voices and the colorful form of dance compositions' visual message.
The national repertoire includes songs and dances from 40 ethnographic regions of Poland. The special repertoire consists of the compositions of Chopin, Verdi, Ogiński, Elsner, as well as carols, Easter hymns, patriotic anthems and songs of the old Warsaw. 'Mazowsze' also performs the most popular songs from 50 countries of the world, including, among others, Argentina, the United States, Spain, Israel, Lebanon, France, China, Japan, Finland, Egypt, and Russia – all of them in their original languages.
Statistics of 'Mazowsze' on the 60th anniversary of its artistic work: more than 6,800 concerts, 17 million viewers, performances in 50 countries, on five continents, and in 278 places in Poland.
Source: information sent, May 2008. Originally written in Polish, translated by Marcin Gozdanek, Aug 2018.